I was very pleased to read & hear of this today – & yesterday in the New York Times. This has has so far changed my possible move from London, UK to San Francisco rather than Fire Island, Suffolk County, NY, once my current partner has passed on.
Hi Paul, Harvey Milk would be proud of California today to know our State Supreme Court overturned the Gay Marriage Ban, voted in on Prop 22, several years ago, and have now legalized it!
We are making such wonderful headway. Still a bit to go. Now we have to worry about those Jerk Off Religious Right Thug Groups putting together another voter imitative to change our Constitution to say that marriage is between a Man and Woman Only, which would defeat the Supreme Courts decision. The last hurdle we have to win is to make sure that the initiative will not make it to the pools and if it does, by some stupid freak of nature, It Gets defeated there and that will be done once and for all.
Our next task is to get New York on the bandwagon and I think that should be done ASAP while you have a very sympathetic Governor sitting in office now!
Bravo California, absolutely marvellous! California has finally ditched domestic partnerhips (civil partnerships for UK readers) just as the state of Massachusetts did, in addition to countries such as Canada, Holland, Belgium, Spain and South Africa. All have proved that these unions are not and never will be equal to full marriage recognition.
To Dominick, the problem with New York State is that the senate is controlled by arch homophobe Joseph Bruno, they have a majority of two. If the democrats are able to unseat them, which I doubt, then New York State will join the rest of those countries and states that confer full marriage rights on gay couples. New Jersey on the other hand will have an easier time of course, your civil unions aren’t working either and Governor Corzine has already stated that he’s prepared to sign a bill to upgrade to full marriage. Well done! The horse is out of the barn once and for all, there will be no turning back.
California, with the eighth largest economy in the world, is also a leader in pro-GLBT legislation.
California had a form of civil parterships called civil registries, but the booming GLBT communites there wouldn’t stand for second class citizendhip and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Their voice became so powerful that even the Republican ruled Supreme Court (six Repugnants and one one Decietocrat) came out for same sex marriage and first class citizenship. So much for the theory that we have to vote Democratic (sic) to force judges and legislatures to pay attention to us.
Needless to say Equality California, much slandered by christists and reactionaries, played a leading role in all this.
Bill, interesting too that girlie man said that he’d not support any decision to overturn the court’s decision. I wonder what brought about the sudden change? Maria Shriver his wife, perhaps? Its amazing that republican judges voted in favor of marriage equality. You can bet that they will pay dearly for that once the loony conservative rightwingnuts begin their anti-marriage equality initiative for November’s ballot. Arnie has already told them not to waste their time or money in trying to overturn it. Lets hope their evil doings will be undone come November.
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